May 7/8, 2022 - Sunday Bulletin
4th Sunday of Easter
This week in the Church
Parishioners are invited to join the St Edmund’s Students as they celebrate the Crowning of Mary on May 13th at 11 am in the Church.
During May – the Month of Mary – the Rosary will be prayed every day at
6pm in front of the Grotto for World Peace especially for Ukraine and Russia. You are invited to join in
North Shore Prolife Society - The North Shore Prolife Society invites you to join in local efforts to bring light and hope to our communities and our world despite a culture of increasing darkness and death. Would you consider becoming a member? Forms and return envelopes can be found at the entrance to the church and at: www.northshoreprolife.org . May God bless you for your consideration
This Mother’s Day marks the annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations, also known as Good Shepherd Sunday. This is a day on which the whole Church will be united in prayer that more men and women will answer God’s call to be the visible face of the Good Shepherd in Vancouver and around the world. Each one of us is called to “lay down our lives” for Christ and one another. This Good Shepherd Sunday, please join Catholics throughout our Archdiocese in praying for more vocations to the priesthood and to consecrated life. As well, please prayerfully consider a gift in support of the second collection for vocations which helps fund the promotion of priestly and religious vocations, accompaniment of those who are actively discerning, and education of seminarians in our Archdiocese.
A Love to Be Trusted
On this Mother’s Day weekend, let me tell you a story about the memories of mothers’ love. “When I was 6 years old, I was petrified of spending the first day at school in kindergarten. In the illogical way that children sometimes think, I had convinced myself that if my mother left me at school, she would forget to come back for me. My mother protested. ‘Honey,’ she said, ‘You are the most important person in my life. I would never forget to come back for you.’ But her words gave me no comfort. Finally, in desperation, my mother took off her wedding ring. ‘Look,’ she said, ‘This is the most valuable thing I own. It has a diamond on it, and it is a sign of your father’s love for me. Take it and put it in your sock. If you doubt whether I am going to come back for you, know that I will come back for that ring.’ I took it and it worked. All during that first day of school as I began to panic, I felt the ring in my sock, and I knew she would come back.”
At times, a mother’s love does crazy things like entrusting a six-year-old with a diamond ring to assure her that she was secure in her mother’s love. Jesus wants to assure us that we are secure in his love in today’s gospel. Using the image of the good shepherd he tells us that he holds us in his hand, and no one and no thing will ever be able to snatch us away from him. This is his promise to us, and we are to be attentive, to hear his voice.
But that’s not always easy. When someone we care about ends a relationship, when a person we love is lost through death, we feel empty and alone. We wonder will life ever begin again. Jesus tells us that he is with us, that he is our shepherd, and he will lead us to happiness and joy.
When things change in our family, in our world, or in our church, we can become frightened. We can lose hope, believing whatever new thing comes will never be as good as what once was. But Jesus tells us that he holds us close and that we will face the future together.
When we receive a diagnosis of a serious illness and must look forward to months of operations and treatments, when we notice how with advancing years our energy and our abilities are becoming less and less, we can become discouraged. We ask ourselves what kind of life I will have to lead. Jesus tells us: I am with you. I will give you eternal life. You will never perish.
Today’s gospel tells us that the very life of God flows within us, and that Jesus will never abandon us. He tells this to us in clear words. But sometimes words are not enough. And since Jesus has no wedding ring or other precious item to give to us, he gives us something more. He gives us himself in the Holy Eucharist. Happy Mother’s Day.
MOTHER’S DAY PRAYER INTENTIONS
Marie Kolmanova & Helena Kosmanova
Anna Michniewicz & Anna Bronowska
Luz Lammoglia & Angela Olaso
Maria Tay & Procesa Misola
Maria Nhan Pham
Estrella S. Zulueta
Marie & Bedrich Kosman
Elisa & John Bueno
Bernadette & Glen Misola
Let us pray for all the mothers of our School and Parish Community
Knights’ Pancake Breakfast is on Sunday, May 8th after 8 & 9:30am Masses – join them for delicious food & good company!
Between May the 9th and May the 13th, our St. Edmund Students will be participating in the Spring Walk-A-Thon. Proceeds from donations in support of our walkers will go to upgrading their playground so please be generous.
Parishioners are invited to join the St Edmund’s Students as they celebrate the Crowning of Mary on May 13th at 11 am in the Church.
On May 29th, Archbishop Michael Miller will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation at 4pm here at St. Edmund’s. Please pray for our Confirmandi as they take this next important step on their Faith Journey
A Message from St. Anthony’s Parish - Sanctuary Mental Health Course For Catholics - With all that’s going on currently in our families, our community and globally, is there any one among us who isn’t suffering or knows someone who is struggling with mental health? The Sanctuary Course for Catholics is for anyone who wants to learn about faith and mental health. It requires no previous training or expertise—just a willingness to engage in dialogue with our faith community. The course is 8 sessions long and will be held on Mondays at 7:00 to 9:00 pm from May 9th to June 27th at St Anthony’s Parish Hall. For more information and to register please contact Mary Markwick at 778-847-1426 or by email at email@example.com
A Message from Holy Trinity Parish - Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration We are grateful the Adoration Chapel at Holy Trinity Parish is open again. We thank God for His generosity and invite you to make time for a Holy Hour, especially during this time when some adorers are not able to attend to their Holy Hours due to illness, or they are away for a short period of time. The hours are as follows:
SUE: 604-986-0425 for SUN. 9:00am/THURS. 6:00am (for 3 mos.)
MARLENE: 604-980-2034 for SUN. 3:00 pm/ WED. 1:00pm
MARGE: 604-649-4927 for SUN. 9:00pm/FRI. 9:00pm
We still need SPARES for different Holy Hours as well - your response would be greatly appreciated. Please contact the above contact nos. if you are able to help. Thank you & God bless.
The Parish is in the process of welcoming a family of 5 to North Vancouver. If you would like to help, please join the Refugee Committee by contacting the Parish Office
The Good Shepherd
The fourth Sunday of Easter is also called Good Shepherd Sunday. In each of the three lectionary cycles, the Gospel is taken from the tenth chapter of the Gospel of John. This chapter of John's Gospel follows Jesus' healing of the man born blind and the rejection of this miracle by Jewish leaders who question Jesus' authority to heal. Jesus responds to this challenge to his authority by calling himself the Good Shepherd. He is criticizing the Pharisees and other Jewish leaders. Already, the Pharisees and other Jewish leaders are so angered that they attempt to stone and arrest Jesus (see John 10:31 and 10:39). This controversy with the religious leaders continues until Jesus' death.
Set in a moment of tension and conflict in John's Gospel, today's Gospel reading is Jesus' answer to the question, “Are you the Messiah?” Jesus responds by saying, in essence, “If you have to ask, then you are not one of my sheep.” Then Jesus asserts his unity with the Father. At the conclusion of these words, John reports that the Jews intend to stone Jesus for blasphemy, but he escapes arrest.
We may be less familiar with the metaphors of sheep and shepherd than those to whom Jesus spoke. The image of Jesus as Good Shepherd and the community of followers as his sheep has endured over the centuries as a primary image in our faith tradition. Its power to describe the relationship between Jesus and his followers transcends direct experience with sheep. The image speaks to us about the protection, security, and care that shepherds represent for their sheep.
Today's Gospel speaks powerfully about the familiarity and intimacy between Jesus and his disciples, expressed as recognizing and knowing another's voice. Today's Gospel also speaks to the relationship between Jesus and the Father. In the Gospel of John, Jesus identifies so closely with the Father that he tells us that they are one—not just close, but actually one. To know Jesus is to know the Father. Jesus doesn't just bring us closer to the Father, Jesus puts us directly into contact with God the Father, removing all distance between us. Our relationship with Jesus is an invitation to share in the life of God.
~ Loyola Press
Sunday, May 8
· Repose Mary Martine Murzello by Sandra Scolt
· Repose Perla Caraig-Bernardo by Maria Rojo
Monday, May 9
· Spec. Intention St. Edmund Parishioners
Tuesday, May 10
· Spec. Intention Fr. Joseph Soria by Barbara Stuart
· Repose Dominic Murzello by Sandra Scolt
Wednesday, May 11
· Repose Beverley Larose by Antoine Larose
Thursday, May 12
· Spec. Intention Ethan Geue by Barbara Stuart
Friday, May 13
· Repose Jim & Marlene Craig by Antoine Larose
Saturday, May 14
· Spec. Intention Fr. Joseph Soria by Barbara Stuart
If you need a Mass Intention, please contact the Parish Office
ST. Edmund's Christian Meditation Group
Re-starting "In Person" Meditation Sessions
Date: All Mondays at 7:00 PM
Participation in person:
please contact Luis Zunino - firstname.lastname@example.org or at 604-987-8304
Option to participate via ZOOM:
For an introductory conversation, please contact Luis Zunino - email@example.com or at 604-987-8304 – Afterwards, A ZOOM link will be provided
Catholic Women’s League meetings are now in person on the 2nd Thursday of each month @ 7pm
St Edmunds Elementary School
We're thrilled to bring back the St Edmunds annual Walk-a-thon!
Our spring walkathon is our largest student-led fundraising event. Students will be collecting pledges from supporters like you to go for walks in their neighbourhood with their class or with their families, all before the May long weekend.
We are appealing to you, your families and your friends to please pledge to your child's walk-a-thon campaign. All contributions will have a DIRECT impact on your child’s educational programs and activities.
This year, funds will go towards continuing to upgrade the playground, including resurfacing and painting the blacktop.
Thank you so much for supporting our students and our school! All gifts will receive a charitable tax receipt. For donations that are not done online, a pledge form and tax receipt request form will be sent home later this week.
Excerpts from the May Newsletter
“Walking with Hope” Walk-a-thon (May 9-13)
As we had to postpone our fall walkathon, we are excited to announce that the St. Ed’s Walkathon will take place during the week of May 9th. We are looking forward to walking around our neighbourhood community to continue promoting physical fitness and raise funds to enhance our playground area. We are calling on you, our parents, to play an essential role in this year’s Walkathon. Hard copies of the pledge forms have been sent home and you can also donate online.
Some important points to note:
• Our classes will be walking RAIN or SHINE around our neighbourhood (routes around Mahon Park and Victoria Park)
• You can send the following link for our Walkathon campaign to all your friends and family across North America: (St. Edmund’s School Walkathon) Tax receipts are emailed to you immediately for donations greater than $5 (within Canada only). This link will also be found on our school website.
Please ensure your child’s uniform meets the established requirements and that items are clean, in good condition and neatly pressed. School shoes are to be solid black with no markings. Hair accessories should be plain navy, black or the school tartan colour. Colourful hair bows and hairbands are reserved for non-uniform dress-down days and hair colour is to remain natural.
Summer uniform can now be worn. This is an option to our regular school uniform which can be worn all year. Boys have the option of wearing dress shorts and intermediate girls have the option of wearing the school skort. (Please refer to our uniform policy for further information.) Additionally, please remember that our school sweater is still required everyday at school.
School Safety & Gratitude
I would like to thank all the parents who have answered our call for extra help at our crosswalks! Your time and effort is much appreciated at morning drop-off and afterschool pick-up. You are the face to the rest of our community of the wonderful, caring school we have at St. Edmunds! We are still looking for additional crosswalk supervisors. Please sign up on our Volunteer Portal.
Thanks as well to our Garden group for keeping our playground beautiful, safe and clean. You help make our school even more inviting!
Daily Health Check Reminders
Please continue to use the K-12 Health Check app for daily assessment of symptoms. Thank you for monitoring your child’s health and keeping them home if they show any signs of ill health or signs of COVID-19. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping everyone safe and healthy.
Parish Education Committee (PEC) Elections
Notice is hereby given that elections to St. Edmund’s Parish Education Committee will take place on Sunday, May 29th, 2022
For the coming year, we need to elect (two) members from St. Edmund’s Parish for St. Edmund’s School Education Committee.
Eligible to nominate and to be nominated for election are all registered parishioners (Catholics living within our parish boundaries), over 21 years of age and Catholic non-parishioners who have been attending our parish upon written agreement of their proper canonical pastor. (Pastor Authorization Forms are available in the parish office).
Eligible to vote are:
Parishioners 19 years of age and a registered member of St. Edmund’s Parish
Your name must appear on the Parish list.
Members of registered families, whose name is not on the list, must contact the office, or register under their own name before the day of elections.
Nomination forms must be received in the parish office no later than May 16th by 4:00 p.m.
St. Edmund’s Parent Support Group (PSG)
The PSG is a necessary Parent Support Liaison Group between the school and the B.C. Gaming Commission who are responsible for application and expenditure of gaming funds that directly benefit students.
We are grateful for the efforts of Ms. Lo, Ms. Spring and Ms. Brauer in leading this group and directing funds to pay for school buses for our fieldtrips.
First Holy Communion
Everyone in our community is welcome to attend Mass at 2:00 on May 1st as our school and PREP students will be receiving their First Holy Communion.
Sacrament of Confirmation
We welcome Archbishop Michael Miller to St. Edmund’s as our Grade 7s will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation on May 29th at 4pm
Please keep our grades 2 & 7 school and PREP students and teachers in your prayers as they prepare for these blessed events
We would like to thank the bakery departments at the Lonsdale Loblaws and Pemberton Plaza Save-On Foods for graciously donating the cakes for our sacramental celebrations!
We would also like to thank our class parents from grades K, 3, 1 & 6 for their tremendous efforts in preparing for the receptions of these special events for our community.! … to Annebelle Stuart-Roca who advanced from our School Spelling Bee and participated in the CISVA Spelling Final on April 28th.
… to all our intermediate students who participated in the annual North Shore Catholic Schools Speech Arts Festival at Holy Trinity during the week of April 25th. Thank you to our office staff and Miss Lorezca, as well as the parent volunteers who helped with the organization of this event.
…to our Grade 7 team who participated in the STA Bridge building contest on April 29th!
Track & Field – The St. Anthony’s Friars Track Meet was held on April 25th and we are so very proud of our team’s effort at this early meet! We are so very appreciative of the parents who helped drive our athletes and came to support the team! The CISVA Annual Meet (May 29 & June 5th) will be held at Swangard Stadium. We are continuing our morning practices at Mahon Park for all our athletes at this time; however, only those who qualify for their event will be attending the CISVA finals. More information will be provided in the next weeks.
Please see our social media for some of our latest photos!
St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School
Con Brio Whistler Music Festival Results
This past weekend saw STA's first overnight trip in three years with the Music Department attending the Con Brio Whistler Music Festival. The Grade 8, Junior and Senior Concert Bands earned Silver Awards; the Junior Jazz Ensemble a Silver Award and the Senior Jazz Ensemble a Gold Award. All students are to be commended for their exemplary conduct throughout the trip.
Royal Canadian Legion North Vancouver City Branch #118 Poster & Literary Contest Winners
A record number of 46 STA entries were submitted last November. STA had several winners across many categories, including first place awards for Video, Literary Essay, Literary Poems, and Black & White Poster and Colour Poster.
Titanic In Spoken Truths
May 16th - May 18th - It's that time again, STA!
Despite many attempts by Covid-19, the STA Theatre Company has proven itself to be "unsinkable"! We are pleased to invite you to our presentation of "Titanic in Spoken Truths".
Please join us May 16, 17 & 18 at the Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver. Purchase your "green" e-tickets via https://www.vtixonline.com/titanic-in-spoken-truths/2460/
There will be a limited number of tickets at the door for cash purchase, based on availability. We hope to see you at the show!
Bishop Thomas J. Lobsinger, OMI Memorial Bursary Program
The annual British Columbia & Yukon Bursary program known as the Bishop Thomas J. Lobsinger, OMI Memorial Bursary Program is underway. The 2022 program is now receiving applications. We are privileged to offer fourteen bursaries of $1,000.00 each to Catholic students across BC. These bursaries are made available on a one-time only basis to young practicing Catholic students who are in post secondary education at a recognized institute of higher learning within the BC. Applications are accepted from Jan. 1, 2022 until June 30, 2022 with the bursaries being awarded in the fall. The Terms of Reference may be found on our web site (kofcbc.org) after Jan 1, 2022.
Requests for application should be addressed to:
Knights of Columbus BC & Yukon
809 Mara Drive, Coquitlam, BC V3C 5T9
Attn: Herb Yang, Bursaries Chairman
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to congratulate the many recipients once again over the past years and look forward to the opportunity to assist many more young people in the advancement of their education.
Every Thursday at 6 PM - In Person
Children's Choir Training
Every Saturday at 10 AM
Altar Servers’ Training
Every Saturday 11 - 11:30am
Marriage Anniversary Mass 2022
On Sunday May 8, 2022, the Archdiocese of Vancouver will be honouring couples celebrating milestone marriage anniversaries in 5-year increments from 5-60 years, and every year beyond 60 years at the annual Milestone Marriage Anniversary Mass.
You’re invited to register to celebrate your milestone marriage anniversary year with Mass at 2:00pm at St. Clare of Assisi Parish followed by a reception. Families and friends are welcome to witness and celebrate your milestone anniversary. Learn more and register at family.rcav.org/mam.
National Week for Life and the Family
Friday, May 13 at 7 pm - Celebrate the CCCB National Week for Life and the Family (May 8 - 14) with an online Family Rosary (May 13 at 7 pm) and a Blessing from Archbishop Miller. Check the RCAV social media channels as they highlight the following themes: Call to Holiness in the Family, Marriage, Grandparents and the Elderly, Pro-Life, and Prayer in the Family. Learn more and register for the online rosary here
Pope Francis has decided the next world Synod of Bishops at the Vatican, which will take place in October 2022, will have the theme: "For a synodal church: Communion, participation and mission." With that in mind, there will be information cards available at the Church entrance with Topics of Conversation suggested on the reverse side and encouraging us to check for updates on the Archdiocese site www.rcav.org/synod
Project Advance 2022
May 7 – May 20
Spec. Intention – Father John Barry
Dated by Lynn
Altar Candles & Sanctuary Lamp
May 7 – May 13
Repose of the Souls of Gray & Kathy Mills
Donated by Jane
Bread & Wine
May 7 – May 13
Spec. Intentions - Lynn & Jane
Donated by Zofia Bronowska
Remember a loved one with a special gift
The remembrance can be for an anniversary, a birthday, in thanksgiving or to remember our deceased loved ones. Stop by the Parish Office to arrange to have the Bread and Wine, Flowers, Altar Candles and/or Sanctuary Lamp donated for someone you love. All donations are for one week.
Altar Flowers - $30
Bread & Wine - $25
Altar Candles - $20
Sanctuary Lamp - $20
Masses - $10 (per Mass)
Please contact the Parish Office
Parking Lot Paving/Drainage Repair Update
With gratitude, we have raised $154,554 of the estimated $190,000 needed to complete these projects.
Remember St Edmund's in your Will
A planned gift to be realized in the future, such as the options below, may be the best approach for you and may allow you to make a larger gift than you might have thought possible.
A Gift in Your Will - This is the most common type of planned gift - a gift in your will. Arranged today, a bequest is paid to St. Edmund’s Parish through your estate, after your death. You can give a specific sum, property, or a percentage of your estate. It is important that the full name of the parish and charitable number be included in your will so that there is no confusion about your intentions. (St. Edmund’s Parish, North Vancouver # 11884 9470 RR0064)
Life Insurance - A gift of life insurance is a simple and thoughtful way to make a gift to St. Edmund’s Parish. Insurance allows you to make a modest gift now for a significant gift in the future.
RRSP and RRIF Funds - Naming St. Edmund’s Parish a beneficiary of your RRSPs and RRIFs means all or a portion of these assets can now be left directly to St. Edmund’s Parish upon your death without having to pass through your estate. This arrangement means that no probate fees are payable on these assets. In most cases, the taxes owing on your donated RRSPs or RRIFs at death are offset by the charitable tax credits generated by your donation. Donations of this type are a great way to reduce the substantial deferred tax burden that many RRSP and RRIF plans carry.